The number of Americans over the age of 65 exceeds 15% of the population and that number will increase by more than an additional 20% over the next few decades. As patient longevity increases, so will the number of conditions, diseases and potential disabilities that these patients will present with in our dental chairs.
Medically-comprised patients with age-related diseases such as cancers, or lifestyle-associated factors such as obesity, drug use and abuse, as well as the myriad of common, and often underestimated, abnormal physical conditions that we cross paths with on a day-to-day basis demand a sharpened focus during our treatment planning, delivery of care and periodontal maintenance in general dentistry. These patients require clinicians that have a competent insight into medicine and pharmacotherapies and are capable of deducing findings from patient medical histories and willing to collaborate with patients' medical providers to provide optimal dental care.
- Participants will receive an up-to-date, concise review of the more common medical disorders that are encountered within general dentistry.
- Neurologic, behavioral, and psychiatric disorders, including drug and alcohol abuse, will be examined.
- Drug interactions that are significant to dentistry will be reviewed.
Ms Amber Riley
Amber Riley is a 1998 graduate of Sinclair College in Dayton, Ohio. In addition to private practice in San Diego, Calif., she is a nationally recognized subject matter expert and consultant, and is the forensic dental autopsy technician for the ...